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Recently Julie Cleary asked for your help to raise money for Different Strokes, a charity which helps younger people in Britain and Ireland who suffered strokes. She was planning to run 50 km in orienteering competitions during May. Here’s how she got on … May 9th 2008 was the second anniversary of my brain haemorrhage and subsequent stroke, so I decided to try and raise some money for Different Strokes
GEN’s David Healy recently spent a week training in Sweden. This is a kind of training diary … “I decided to take a week’s training in Stockholm at the beginning of April with the aim of focusing entirely on orienteering technique. This is a report on my time eating hill and sucking marsh To navigate, simplify routes, go straight, use the marshes and the hills to make your way and
Forget Rome and the Bahamas: Inishbofin, off the west coast of Co. Galway, is the hottest spot around for weddings. Just try running an orienteering event on a weekend in June and finding accommodation for the runners and you’ll see. I was told there were 70 weddings planned for the island this year, but the small organising team from Western Eagles and CNOC managed to squeeze maybe two hundred more
When the stress of exams comes around, you know the CNOC summer series isn’t going to be to far behind to help transform the stress of the mind to the burning of the legs. The first event this year was in Donadea Forest Park in North Kildare. Eileen Loughman took the lead in planning the course, and the Shorts highly involved in org as usual. Conor took control of the
“Frankly, it’s a monster”. It’s not what you expect to hear in Ruth Lynam’s sophisticated tones, but this was a good monster. The juniors have become monstrous …. Ruth and her willing band have become so successful that demand has exceeded supply and she is sending out the call for reinforcements. It came in a brief pause in the proceedings of an IOA Annual General Meeting being driven on by
Cork Orienteers put yet another nail in the coffin of orienteering as “the forest sport” with an excellent three days of events on a treeless Bere Island at this year’s Irish Championships in west Cork. Looking back at past Irish Championships, open areas or predominantly open areas have been used for Irish Championships since the mid 1980’s and Bere Island was another good example. Moderately complex contour detail, few tracks,
While many of you will know Julie Cleary as an Irish international orienteer, many of you may not know that just days after the 2006 Irish Championships at Carlingford, Julie suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke. Julie has been orienteering since she was a junior with Tipperary Orienteers, the club founded by her father, Frank Martindale. She was an Irish Junior Champion and went on to represent Ireland at World
World Schools Orienteering Championships Medals went to Sweden, Latvia, Poland, England, Scotland, Estonia, and Austria in Wednesday’s long distance event at the ISF World Schools Orienteering Championships in Scotland. But while Aine McCann, running with the Irish Schools Team, chalked up her second major win of the week over the rough going at Devilla Forest, she failed to take a medal. Ireland didn’t enter a team in the school section
It was certainly a fair mountain we had to climb from the start of Setanta Orienteers Leinster Championships at the Wicklow Gap. Fair Mountain was the location for the event, on a new Pat Healy map based on Stirling Surveys photogrammetry. In fact, everything was fair except the weather, though it could have been much worse. All hail the Leinster Champions and all hail described the weather at times too.
Irish Winners at JK2008; Switzerland’s Daniel Hubmann cleans up Three first places and a winning Relay team were the highest placed Irish competitors at the Jan Kjellstrom O-Festival in England over Easter. Amid snow, gales and mud, 3000 competitors from many countries took part in this four day festival which started with a sprint race at the University of Surrey at Guildford. The two day individual event followed at Leith